September 10, 2008, 12:50 am

Brenda Gibson – One More Look Back

UPDATE: THIS WAS A STORY I WROTE ON BRENDA GIBSON FOR THE 2996 PROJECT SEPTEBER 11th, 2006. I HAVE DECIDED TO REPOST IT AGAIN IN HONOR OF HER AND THE OTHER VICTIMS OF 9/11. I THINK OF BRENDA EVERY TIME I SEE THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS PLAY. IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS. DATES AND AGES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITHIN THE POST.

MAY WE NEVER FORGET. EVER.

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Brenda C. GibsonBrenda C. Gibson was a budget analyst for the Pentagon.

She loved her job.

She could have retired, but she chose to keep working.

She was so dedicated she postponed a major surgery.

She didn’t want her department to be short-staffed during the busy end of the budget year.

And so, Brenda C. Gibson got up that Tuesday morning, like she would have any Tuesday morning.

But it wasn’t just any Tuesday.

It was September 11, 2001.

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL??

Brenda was.

She loved her Washington Redskins and was known to sing the fight song on the phone to her four sisters after every touchdown.

(Her husband likes the Dallas Cowboys. Would have been fun to be a fly on the wall in that house during football season!)

“The Queen of Redskin Statistics”; a title bestowed to Brenda by her family.

But she also loved baseball and boxing. Mr. Gibson said she knew more about sports than he did!

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How can you not love a woman who reads Mad Magazine and comic books?

At 59 years old!

Get out!

Her grand-daughter, Raven-Symone, will turn 10 this year.

Brenda adored her. Described her as her “heart and soul”.

I imagine Brenda was a pretty fun grandma to have around.

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This year would have marked the Gibsons’ 42nd wedding anniversary, although they knew each other long before they graduated from Howard University.

Their son, Eric turns 41 this year.

Mr. Gibson said that Brenda cared for everybody, and did everything she could for her family. At the time of the attacks, Brenda’s mom had Alzheimers and her dad was in a nursing home.

It was said that if you could assign a word, a theme to Brenda’s life, that word would be “caring”.

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Add a passion for old coins with a Buffalo Soldier collection to all that we already know about Brenda and you come up with one amazing lady.

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Brenda C. Gibson was at her desk on September 11, 2001 when she was killed by terrorists flying hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

At the time, her husband was quoted as saying that he was trying to keep himself from being angry and bitter about the attack; that perpetuating anger from generation to generation won’t solve the problem.

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Brenda, regrettably, I probably never would have met you in life. But I am honored to have been the person to represent you and to celebrate your life on this, the seventh anniversary of your departure from this earth.

If anyone in Brenda’s family is reading this or would like to add more information, please feel free to comment.

As for me, I’m trying my best to take Mr. Gibson’s advice to heart.

Rest in Peace, Brenda.

You are missed.

Hail to the
Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the warpath,
Fight for old D.C.!

Run or pass and score
We want a lot more!
Beat ’em Swamp ’em Touchdown
Let the points soar!

Fight on, Fight on,
Til you have won,
Sons of Wash-ing-ton!
Rah! Rah! Rah!

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Thanks to The Washington Post, AP, washingtonpost.com and to Jonathan Pitts fromThe Baltimore Sun from whose articles this information was obtained.

6 Comments

  • AlisonH
    AlisonH

    September 13, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you. I had old high school classmates on that plane, too. Thank you, Kim.


  • Healthcare Today
    Healthcare Today

    September 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Brenda Gibson – One More Look Back // Emergiblog…

    A look back at the life of Brenda Gibson, Pentagon employee and victim of the 9/11 attacks. Written originally for the 2996 Project in 2006….


  • dr nic
    dr nic

    September 11, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Beautiful post Kim, it makes me tear up every time I read it. My husband did a post on his best friend’s uncle and we have re-posted it again this year. Many beautiful, wonderful, and generous people were lost.

    Never forget.


  • Kim
    Kim

    September 11, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Sigh. Very nicely done, Kim. Thank you for reposting it.


  • Amy
    Amy

    September 12, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Seems though she was an ordinary human who left an extraordinary mark on those who knew her. Thanks for remembering her.


  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    September 13, 2008 at 7:49 am

    I was working at the hospital when that horrible event occurred. Time is flying by but I’m sure so slowly for those waiting to see their loved ones again.


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